Second man dies in suspected drunk driving crash

A woman suspected of drunk driving was scheduled to appear in Red Deer court today after facing new charges as a second young man in the crash she was allegedly involved in died over the weekend.

April Gail Beauclair, 29, of Lacombe, was charged with impaired operation causing death, two counts of impaired operation causing bodily harm, two counts of operating a motor vehicle over .08 causing bodily harm and operating a motor vehicle while over .08, after the car she was allegedly driving ran into another vehicle on Hwy. 11A on March 31st.

Colton Keeler, 19, of Red Deer died on scene and Tyson Vanderzwaag, 18, was airlifted by STARS to Edmonton with serious injuries.

Keeler’s funeral was held on Saturday in Red Deer.

Over the weekend, Vanderzwaag also died. He turned 18 just days before the crash.

Beauclair’s new charges will be amended to reflect his death.

Police have said just after 3:33 a.m. on March 31st, Blackfalds RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 11A. The collision location is about 8 kms west of the QE II Hwy.

RCMP said the initial investigation has revealed that a vehicle had broken down and was being pushed by hand eastbound on the highway. Both Keeler and Vanderzwaag were outside of the vehicle and were struck by an eastbound Ford Focus, which Beauclair was allegedly driving. She received minor injuries in the collision.

Tribute pages have been put up on facebook for both Keeler and Vanderzwaag. Friends have began to write messages on the page including, “The amount of pain people are feeling because of this… is immense… but only cause we all have so many great memories of you my brother Colton Keeler, greatest man I’ve ever known R.I.P.” Another one for Vanderzwaag reads, “I only worked with you and I fell in love with your spirit and your amazing zest for life. You will always be on my mind.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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